“The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. COLIN POWELL
Over the past two months, the military has had to deal with two scathing external reports concerning its very poor handling of its people. Each time, the political leadership, in particular but not exclusive to the Honorable Jason Kenney, aka Minister of National Defence, has been both silent and absent – almost as if the military was a self-regulated organization devoid of political and civil control. What gives?
In our democracy, the MND is responsible for the management and direction of the Canadian Forces. [Section 4 of the NDA refers] Yet, as discussed in the article in Hill Times on May 6, 2015 titled “Feds Mission Action” Minister is nowhere to be seen or heard to manage the outcomes of two recent major crises.
CRITICAL PEOPLE ISSUES BEGGING FOR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
- GRIEVING MILITARY FAMILIES. [March 10, 2015.] The Military Police Complaints Commission issued its final report on the Fynes Public Interest Hearings. The report issued by Glen Stannard, a retired Chief of Police for the City of Windsor, found significant deficiencies and unacceptable errors into matters related in the way the Military Police conducted its investigations and interacted with the Fynes family. The MPCC made 46 recommendations, eighty (80) percent of which were rejected in one way or the other by the Provost Marshal in its Notice of Action in the result that we apprehend that very little, if anything, will be changed or ameliorated. In other words, the Military Police will get a ‘free pass’ to continue along their own way.
- SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BY CF MEMBERS. [April 30, 2015.] An external review of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Canadian Forces conducted by Marie Deschamps, a former Supreme Court justice, was released. |The 100-page report is based on hundreds of interviews with CF members. The report calls for broad policy changes in the military and also recommends giving sexual assault victims the ability to file their complaints with civilian authorities. In response, the military released an action plan which addresses only two of the ten recommendations. This means that 80% of the recommendation are directly or indirectly either rejected or ignored. In other words, the military will continue with its current modus operandi.